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Wayne Hills Student Rep Sees the Potential in School District

Senior David Ostern's first priority 'is to ask: how can I change the future of education in this district?'

David Ostern sees the potential in the Wayne Public School District.

Ostern, a senior at Wayne Hills High School, is the school’s student representative to the Board of Education. He also is president of he senior class. Theresa Pascrell is the student representative from Wayne Valley High School.

“I see Wayne public schools having both high schools ranked in the top 20 in the state,” Ostern said. “I think with the leadership of someone as versatile as [Superintendent] Ray Gonzalez and having a Board of Education that has the ability to provide a bright future for our students we can get there.”

Hills was ranked 35th in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine last year. Valley was ranked 64th.

Ostern isn’t afraid to speak his mind at board meetings. While many student representatives often just read a list of financial gifts the district receives, Ostern gives his honest opinion about things.

“By representing everyone, I have the ability to create cohesive ideas,” Ostern said. “My first priority is to ask: how can I change the future of education in this district?’”

Ostern isn’t afraid of being in the spotlight either. He was executive producer of “From All Angles,” a student-run television show. He’s also helped raise money for the American Cancer Society in the district’s annual Relay for Life cancer walk. He has aspirations of becoming a lawyer. He has applied to Syracuse University and Indiana University, among other schools.

Ostern also wants to move over on the dais and become elected to the Board of Education someday.

“My first priority is to move back to Wayne and become a trustee and president of the Board,” Ostern said. “I’m totally up for the challenge.”

Ostern wants everyone to understand what the ultimate priority of local education trustees should be.

“People need to realize that the kids come first, and we’re not here to argue,” Ostern said. “Being a trustee, you have the power to do so many things for people. It creates change.”

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Chicken Little February 12, 2013 at 05:30 PM
How about staying on topic for this article ("Wayne Hills Student...). If you want to discuss the new BOE appointee, move over to that article. (Unless Al wants to see how many sites he can get shut down...LOL!)
stewart resmer February 12, 2013 at 05:32 PM
get off the crack gaggeler
Frank Gallagher February 12, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Dan Hubbard...how do comments like stewrat's get approved?
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 06:05 PM
The Wayne Valley student declined to be interviewed. That's why she's not included in the article.
Jack Q February 12, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I appreciate the response Dan. My apologies. Thanks.
Al Scala February 12, 2013 at 06:54 PM
It's called Free Speech Frank! We are in the United States, aren't we?
Frank Gallagher February 12, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Hate speech is not free speech. Acceptable Use Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks. Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains content that is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive.
Al Scala February 12, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Frank...you are certainly STRETCHING the word HATE. C'mon, you're a big boy. I'm sure you've been called worse than that!
Kelly Lonigan February 12, 2013 at 08:38 PM
wouldnt it just be easier to add that info to the article Dan?
Leila Oxford February 12, 2013 at 09:12 PM
@ Kelly~Are you perfect 100% of the time? @Jack Q~ at least you are respectful enough to apologize @Frank~Patch needs more respectful comments like your post outlines! @Stewart~"get off the crack gaggeler" can you ever say anything appropriate? You recently called another person a "village idiot". Why don't you try to not say anything if you have nothing constructive to say?
Frank Gallagher February 12, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Thanks for the nice review, I like your style. stewrat and Justice think that they fought somewhere for the right to call people names on Patch. I guess Dan Hubbard agrees with them, so what can you do?
Frank Gallagher February 12, 2013 at 09:50 PM
stewrat thinks he fought somebody somewhere for the right to call people names on Patch. He agreed not to do that when he joined Patch, not sure why Dan would approve the name-calling. Chime in anytime DH, what's up with that?
stewart resmer February 12, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Leila Oxford 10:57 pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 LOLOL...we are all laughing at you Josie Wanna. Who do you think you are? Why do you think that any business in this town "owes" your school a donation? Why don't you go back to Farms View and offer to pay their taxes or offer to give them something. Nope you only expect from people. You just open your trap and try to give them a bad reputation, well it doesn't work that way. oh please Leila, review your own remarks
Frank Gallagher February 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM
More abuse from stewrat. All the voices in stewrat's head are laughing at you Josie Wanna whoever you are.
stewart resmer February 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Proceed Mr Gallagher
leanbean February 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM
@Leila Oxford, I'm the guy he called the Village Idiot. I Take it from who it came from. Here is a guy that has no life. He only lives to see his postings. The only shame of it all? Is that he left Ca. to live here. Chances are pretty good that they ran him out of town. Stewart brags about being a vet. But he shows no one any respect if they don't agree with him. I know for a fact that he learn that in service. So just read his rants and feel sorry for him. He knows not what he is saying.
Justice February 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Frank. You are the cyber bully calling people names. Stewart is.not spelled stewrat. You pretend you are victimized when you are victimizing people on this board. Just as the wife beater blames her for his abusiveness Then you rally the troops (you were never military so look it up) and attempt to undermine those who won't play your messed up mind games.
leanbean February 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM
There was a word left out in my last posting...@Leila Oxford, I'm the guy he called the Village Idiot. I Take it from who it came from. Here is a guy that has no life. He only lives to see his postings. The only shame of it all? Is that he left Ca. to live here. Chances are pretty good that they ran him out of town. Stewart brags about being a vet. But he shows no one any respect if they don't agree with him. I know for a fact that he did not learn that in service. So just read his rants and feel sorry for him. He knows not what he is saying. Sorry to all the Vets for leaving DID NOT out
stewart resmer February 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM
OH BOO HOO anon leanbean! He who has historicaly offended the sensibilities of so many now laments his lot? BOO-HOO I say.
Frank Gallagher February 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Thank you Justice for spotting my typo, I have to type so fast to keep up with you that the letters get mixed up. I'm not sure what victimized means exactly, can you explain what you mean by victimized and victimizing, it's not clear to me. And, are you saying that you are playing my mind games, or not playing them?
Justice February 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Frank. That was no repeated typo and you and this board knows it. Grow up.
Frank Gallagher February 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Crack made me do it....a wise crack that is.
TheFirstMother February 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM
To all of you incredibly rude and mean-spirited people: The above article was about an outstanding young man who has contributed so much to Wayne Hills High School, and to this community. You have used the comment section of this article to rant and bash!! I would like to thank Mr Hubbard for sharing with Wayne what a special person David is. He is well respected by his peers and the administration as well as a son who makes his parents proud every day!! I know all of this because I am his mother!! The next time an article is written about another student, let that child have his or her moment and keep your unnecessary comments to your self!
Equality February 13, 2013 at 02:27 AM
@EL----I would suggest maybe you should go to a BOE Meeting and listen in and give input to the topics discussed. How can you make the assumption that this student wouldn't understand any of your topics? If you actually read the article and looked into the details you would have seen that this student basically created a television show for MSG Varsity in his US History II Class while ensuring that the teacher was still able to meet all of the requirements of the vigorous curriculum. In addition, the show was about social, political, and economic topics of society. For someone who aspires to be an attorney and has revolutionized the way learning is taught in our schools by creating a "Co-op" type experience for students, I think this student would understand your issues EXACTLY! This isn't a position that Wayne High School Principals just randomly choose. Mr. Reis and Ms. Weir realize that with constant change and issues arising it is important to have the best representation. Mr. Ostern and Miss. Pascrell truly represent the student body and contribute to our district and community in so many good ways. @FrankGallagher-----This website isn't used for entertainment purposes. Mr. Hubbard works very hard to keep the entire community informed of all hot topics and issues. By making a comment like that you're insulting him and your comment to TheFirstMother just shows how immature you are and how you can't contribute anything meaningful to this article.
Leila Oxford February 13, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Please start to "review your remarks" Stewart Resmer! You are constantly abusive to others. I have never and will not ever lower myself to comment as you do! Have some respect for yourself and others.
V February 13, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I think this article is full of undeserved praise. Attending school with Mr. Ostern, I am aware that while his intentions are good, he alone cannot get Wayne Schools to become perfect models of academia. Class elections are, for the most part, popularity contests. Our student council president is simply a boy with plenty of friends who is outspoken without much thought behind his words. Having goals for one's future is great, but there are plenty more Wayne students doing far greater things in the present who are overlooked. Board meetings are not the only way to make a difference in Wayne.
C6 February 13, 2013 at 03:07 AM
It's nice to see student involvement in our community. We need more of this! Good job to both of them!
Chicken Little February 13, 2013 at 03:18 AM
It is very discouraging how the Wayne Patch falls into the hands of a few people, who turn it into a "crap-fest." This is a poor substitute for an exchange of ideas. (Please pardon my language. I use it for rhetorical effect. Perhaps Dan will censure it, and if he does, I will understand....)
Michael February 13, 2013 at 04:19 AM
First of, that last time I checked in order move up in the rankings as a school your student-body must meet high standards inside and outside of the classroom. David is the epitome of what every student should act like in order for a school to prosper together. Second off, you don't even know David as a person or what his beliefs are so who are you to make the assumption that "Mr. HS senior" doesn't understand or address the issues you listed? As a matter of fact, I can guarantee that David carries a much heavier awareness and understanding of these issues than you can even comprehend. Also, you wrongly assume that David is simply doing this so it looks good on his college applications. Well last time I checked, most seniors are done applying to college by now so this article in no way gives him an advantage on his apps. David has also been accepted to great colleges and instead of doing what the typical senior does and stop caring, he still strives to make not only himself better but also the community better. He continues to work so diligently not so it "looks great on his college application" but so he can leave the most positive impact on the schools as possible. Instead of trying to criticize students who take action towards solving problems, you follow in the footsteps of students like David and take action. Thank You.
Equality February 13, 2013 at 05:08 AM
@V-----Mr. Ostern is actively involved in Relay For Life, is a coach for recreational basketball at the Boys & Girls Club, and has participated in numerous volunteer activities such as Keeping Babies Safe (Head Volunteer), Foundation For Fighting Blindness: Vision Walk, Morry's Camp Swim-A-Thon and much more. Writing about the classic stereotype of saying it's the most popular person because its a popularity contest is ridiculous. Maybe you need to realize that people actually believe this person is a leader and a unique individual who understands the needs and wants of all of his peers and not just one group of people within the grade. Mr. Ostern has clearly demonstrated uniqueness and individuality. If other great things are going on in Wayne then maybe you need to reach out to Mr. Hubbard for him to write about them. You are clearly being stubborn and your logic is childish. This student deserves to be happy for what he has done.

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